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Title: I’m Always Chasing Rainbows

Lyrics by: Joseph McCarthy

Music by: Harry Carroll

Publisher: McCarthy & Fisher Inc. Music Publishers 224 W. 46th St. New York

Copyright: 1918 by McCarthy & Fisher Inc. 148 W. 45th Street, N.Y. City. International Copyright Secured.

Advertisements: front cover – Oh Look! A Musical Comedy as produced at the LaSalle Theatre, Chicago. back cover – sheet music for I Found The End Of The Rainbow by John Mears, Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy.

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[Verse 1]
At the end of the rainbow there’s happiness, and to find it how often I’ve tried,
But my life is a race, just a wild goose chase, and my dreams have all been
Why have I always been a failure, what can the reason be?
I wonder if the world’s to blame, I wonder if it could be me?

[Chorus x2]
I’m always chasing rainbows, watching clouds drifting by.
My schemes are just like all my dreams, ending in the sky,
Some fellows look and find the sunshine, I always look and find the rain,
Some fellows make a winning sometime, I never even make a gain,
Believe me, I’m always chasing rainbows, waiting to find a little blue bird in vain.


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